Editor's Preview-Words/Images Judith Ecochard
A more gentile setting for the preview of Radley London's collection of handbags, carryalls...etc. probably does not exist...
|-Pocket bag in a mic croc|
=====with a taste for the durable/practical haulers...as well as wanting some fun accessories with pops of colors, stylish shapes and interesting, top quality materials. Like the newly married Princess- Kate Middleton---that kind of style. Who doesn't like that?
Given the amount of Rose Gold hardware we have seen this season (and next)-in watches and jewelry-we were surprised that we haven't seen much of this tone on handbag hardware.
But we do here---in the Hanover collection, a playful twist on the classic quilted bag.
Structured bags---a fashionable nod to the 50's/60's--- well done---in the lady-like D'Arblay collection---in leather and patent.
Note-the vintage flavored jacquard lining...
Chain straps...and a fab spackle finish.
The Canonbury assortment takes the reins from equestrian details---with brass turn lock closures. We love the silhouettes available---a crossbody, tote, and of course, a saddle bag...and btw, the leather is superb---of horseback riding- saddle quality...
Grosvenor handbags are the bedrock of Radley London. For the upcoming season there are new totes, shoulder bags and clutches in brown patent, black, green and tan colors.
|Leather is buttery plush soft. Unique to Radley, London...at great prices|
Ready for another century---the Bloomsbury group with padded laptop friendly compartments...in totes and in a cross body.
The Bohemia collection has terrific prints sourced from the Victoria and Albert Museum---here Champagne Bubbles and William Morris prints---with details hand painted.
Matching accessories and small leather goods too.
And for the hippy haute---the fringe filled Compton range----oversized hobo slouch, crossbody, and tote----in plush leather and moc croc.
|Love the braid detail on the side...with the dog logo---of course.|
Unusual and it works...the painted blue Hutchinson with gold kiss stitching.
Our pick:--a structured bag---full of inner compartments---fits just right on our shoulder too.
FYI: Prices range from just under $100 for accessories-topping out at low $500's for the super larger haulers ---a sweetspot for what we would consider comparable to other contemporary/luxury bags. And better---no initials all over that aren't yours.